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Mar 12, 2011 5:00am EST
growing concern about the bombing of rebel-held areas by gaddafi's forces, there are voices in the u.s. and europe calling for the rebels to be armed to directly. it sounds simple, but history offers plenty of cautionary tales. in a moment, we will hear whether senator john mccain thinks it is a good idea. >> what i am calling for is a greater access for the libyan opposition forces for weaponry. >> there is no guarantee that by helping these people, you necessarily bring about a more democratic outcome or more desirable outcome. >> the question is, what kind of arms with a supply? whom would supply them? britain session -- britain's special forces may have suffered a setback last week in libya. but the momentum is still building in the west for military intervention of some kind, including perhaps arm the rebels. in libya, repeated bombing by government warplanes around the rebel-held oil town of ras lanuf marks colonel gaddafi's drive in his country. opposition forces are determined, but still lack a clear organization or command structure. the worst violence was reported near tripol
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Mar 18, 2011 6:00pm EDT
with u.s. ambassador to the u.n., susan rice. >> brown: then, we get the latest on the radiation containment efforts in japan as the government there raises the alert level. >> suarez: plus jeffrey kaye, in beijing, has chinese reaction to the japanese nuclear crisis. >> the nation is in the process of building 37 new nuclear pourpts, and is now reexamining safety. >> brown: mark shields and david brooks provide their weekly analysis. >> suarez: and fred de sam lazaro gets a rare look inside syria, where the government is just beginning to be challenged by protesters. >> brown: that's all ahead on tonight's newshour. major funding for the pbs newshour has been provided by: >> okay, listen. somebody has got to get serious. >> i think... >> we need renewable energy. >> ...renewable energy is vital to our planet. >> you hear about alternatives, right? wind, solar, algae. >> i think it's going to work an a big scale. only, i think it's going to be affordable. >> so, where are they? >> it has to work in the real world. at chevron, we're investing millions in solar and biofuel technolo
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Mar 3, 2011 5:30pm EST
the rebellion in the east of libya. president obama at the authorizes u.s. military to repacked create thousands of migrants. >> i have approved the use of u.s. military aircraft to help move egyptians who have fled to the tunisian border to get back home to egypt. >> still the keep coming out of libya. 200,000 have crossed into egypt and niger. we follow one group who got lucky. welcome to th"bbc world news". coming up later. the egyptian prime minister has resigned. agents ruling military council has appointed a former transport minister. britain opens of classified papers to reveal extra terrestrial goings on. two forces loyal to colonel gaddafi are clashing. there have been fresh attacks on the airport. in the more than two weeks since the start of the uprising, the u.n. estimates up to 1000 people may have been killed. the international criminal court has announced an investigation into allegations of crimes against humanity committed by colonel gaddafi and his inner circle. our first report is from john simpson. from eastern libya. after yesterday's victorious battle, the rebel volunteers
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Mar 23, 2011 5:30pm EDT
. the u.s. is making it increasingly clear that having been in the lead of the libyan mission, it wants to step back now. the latest reports from the rebel-held town talk of pro gaddafi snipers filing at the hospital. -- firing at the hospital. >> please, please bomb his forces until they stop. i have to be impartial because i am a medical person, but five, six consecutive days that have been killing with tanks and artillery, bombing us. please stop him. >> other residents say they have attacked their base. the rebels remain for now force of on certain potential, but it is clear the situation is increasingly turning into a test of the coalition possibility to influence events on the ground. -- the coalition's ability to influence events on the ground. >> with me now it is ben brown. there has been much activity around you today? >> the rebels are still trying to push west, about an hour-and- a-half from here, trying to take advantage of the coalition air strikes and military action which they are seeing day after day, night after night. the rebels are making heavy delegate of getting an
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Mar 2, 2011 5:30pm EST
just a few weeks ago. >> i was told that i would be assassinated. >> the gunman kills two u.s. airmen on a bus in frankfurt. hello. it was the day that gaddafi loyalists seemed to be fighting back against the libyan uprisings in earnest, but now, the libyan leader's opponents look to be back in control. they bit off an attack by the libyan army unit with vastly superior weaponry, but at one point, they did have the upper hand. medics say at least 14 people died in the fighting. "bbc world news" editor reports from nearby. >> news on the attack reached us in the early morning. defenders started preparing for the possibility that colonel gaddafi's forces would roll straight on and try to capture this place. they were excited and nervous. defenders here have a few ancient russian tanks which they rolled out. older and less effective than the tanks the gaddafi forces are apparently using. many of the volunteers here are deserters from colonel gaddafi's army. their position could be particularly dangerous. but the mood is defiant. >> we have decided there is only one way for us to go, and
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Mar 30, 2011 5:30pm EDT
's speech, i am joined by richard murphy, it was the former u.s. ambassador to syria. think ford joining the program. -- thank you for joining the program. the president said there would be impending reform, but did not give the reform the wanted to see at a few weeks later he was out of power. that is not the case the caseassad of syria. -- that is not the case with president assad of syria. am i think you are right, he is a person who has popularity. he is counting on both to carry him through. while his spokesperson a few days ago, monday i believe, said there would be a committee formed to study a series of reforms including lifting the emergency law, obviously, thus far the committee has said this is not the moment, given that the government is facing a most serious challenge that it has had since president assad became president in 2000. that is the protests and the bloodshed and government crackdowns continue, is there a tipping point or even that regime says enough is enough, we have to give some? >> i think it is possible they will come up with some reforms. he repeated that tod
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Mar 28, 2011 5:30pm EDT
. defining the american dream of. we begin a special series examining those who have called the u.s. home. >> welcome to our viewers on a pbs in america. and in libya, state tv reports the new allied air strikes tonight even as anti-government rebels closed in on what could be an important symbolic win. they have been moving steadily west. moving from than gauzy, they are now in control -- moving from benghazi, the biggest win would be the capture of sirte. >> is taking the fight to colonel gaddafi parks and birthplace -- gaddafi's birthplace. a victory here would have huge symbolic value. if the libyan leader cannot defend his home town, how long can he defend his regime mark? rebels said these were some of his supporters, mercenaries sent to kill. they were defeated by poorly armed volunteers. we found rebel fighters racing to the front-line sending a message. it the weeks ago, a gesture like this would have gotten him killed. along the way, we met this band of brothers and cousins and extended family have said they were ready to fight and die together so that their children could be fr
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Mar 30, 2011 5:00am EDT
. the u.s. stepped up their military campaign overnight firing more than 20 tomahawk cruise missiles at a weapons site at a storage facility in tripoli. >> for two days they've race -- they've raced back and forth. organized and supplies, their gains have proved agile while air strikes gave them confidence. their poeten as i is there even though they have lack of weapons. >> it's fair to say if we wanted to get weapons in libya, we probably could. we are looking at all our options at this point. >> in london a cavel kade of more than 40 countries met and planned what a post gaddafi libya might look like. some wondered if gaddafi could be persuaded into exile. but they are looking at upholding the resolution. >> the arms embargo applies to the whole of libya, though they might allow equipment to be given to people purely to defend themselves in a limited way. but we have not taken decision to do that. >> as gaddafi supporters celebrated yesterday's advances, this conflict is looking more finely balanced. anti-aircraft like these may dominate libyan skies but so far their mission has b
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Mar 22, 2011 5:30pm EDT
here? >> we are feeling normal, ok. no problem. >> and in the east, the first loss -- a u.s. f-15e eagle jet fighter. the airline said it was not shut down, but suffered mechanical failure. and the fight for control of misrata goes on. rebel forces were enjoying a moment of celebration. then this. how quickly the moment turned to panic. >> i have no light, electricity in the hospital. i am working with a generator. 1973 -- i have civilians dying every day to day. >> know when dying in this bombing last night. the libyan government insists that many civilians have been killed and wounded by allied strikes. it might well be true. we have asked for evidence. so far, they have not provided. bbc news, tripoli. plexus the united states is -- >> the united states is keen to relinquish its leadership role in the military campaign. president obama and prime minister cameron and presidents are cozy agreed that nato's -- president sarkozy agreed that nato felt military structures should take the leading role. president obama has been on the phone to paris and london. >> yes, if he is doing a
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Mar 1, 2011 12:30pm EST
, both before and after the u.s.-led invasion of 2001. and from 1991 to 1993 he was the foreign minister of algeria. he is currently a distinguished fellow at the london school of economics. he is one of the elders, a group of eminent global leaders brought together by nelson mandela to try to solve the world's problems-- or at least offer some advice. i am pleased to have him back on this program. welcome back. >> thank you very much. it's good to be here. >> rose: so let's just start with the obvious. what kind of advice should you be offering and the group of elders about change in the middle east? >> you know, this change is definitely taking place. it is the work of the people of the region of the different countries. there is a lesson of humility there. nobody has predicted how and when it was going to happen. >> rose: or that it was. >> that it was going to happen. nor the order in which it's happening. so i think we... if we learn that lesson of humility, that's already a great contribution. the second thing is, you know, in places like tunisia and egypt they have been facing the
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Mar 25, 2011 12:30pm EDT
which recognized the independence of u.s.a. and also in morocco you signed, america, the first treaty, trade, and also protection against piracy. and we've done a good job since the beginning. but now i think that u.s.a. tried to encourage the best evolution possible in the arab world because the arab world is not monolithic in terms of political regimes. and the monarchies like in morocco and monarchy in gulf countries, republics, military dictators and we cannot put all the country in the same baskets and morocco started at the beginning immediately after gaining independence. we fight against the party, we established the first constitution in 1962 and since this time, we've amended this constitution four times. and i think that also in morocco thanks to the vigors of the society and the freedom of press and protests and manifestation we all the time work on our... walk on our two legs-- political leg and also social and economic leg. and maybe the error was made when during the last decade some countries want security through economy without trying to convince others that it's imp
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Mar 22, 2011 12:30pm EDT
to his people. i also have stated that it is u.s. policy that qaddafi needs to go go. and we've got a wide range of tools in our military efforts to support that policy. we were very rapid in initiating unilateral sanctions and then helping to mobilize international sanctions against the qaddafi regime. >> rose: joining me now from the eastern city of tobruk is richard engel, chief foreign correspondent for nbc news. >> it's a pleasure, charlie. >> rose: what's your sense of this war? what factors on the ground influence the way you see it? >> the rebels here obviously are very excited that they finally have international support, particularly american support they feel that they have suddenly been recognized by the greatest military in the world, the u.s. military, and that army and air strikes and naval strikes will carry them to tripoli. i'm not sure if that's what the intended message is from the united states but it's how it's been perceived here and the rebel strategy seems to be allow the air strikes to continue to decimate qaddafi's army and they can do this very slow march
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Mar 1, 2011 5:00am EST
. it is interesting the last major tournament sampras played was the u.s. open in 2002. he won the final against agassi. they were back together there. >> is this for charity or money? >> charity, interesting i think it is just for charity. exhibition match. the fans loved it. >> thank you. you are watching bbc world news. still to come jane russell a hollywood star has died. >> more than 5,000 people have been left homeless by the landslide that swept through the boliv bolivian capital. the president has promised new housing. >> two days since the landslide that swept away the area and still the weaken ed properties that remain are collapsing. in this part of lapaz infrastructure has been totally destroyed. the roads now lead nowhere and everywhere people have lost almost everything. juanita has lived here for years with her family making ends meet by selling rice and cookies from a small kiosk. like everything else, that is now in ruins. >> the entire area has disappeared. so many people have only the shirts on their back. i had a small business. it was my we will life. it only allowed me to
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Mar 4, 2011 12:30pm EST
of the shah's military. >> well, absolutely. he did two things. he didn't make the mistake that the u.s. made in iraq. he didn't dismantle the military completely. >> rose: he dismantled the leadership. >> and brought in a new cadre of officers. and then he did something else. gradually he built a parallel military called the islamic revolutionary guard corps, the i.r.g.c. and with every passing year he strengthened them to the dret remit of the military. so we now have two military, one that is significant. >> so tell me your picture of iran today. i mean khamenei is the supreme leader. >> khamenei is the supreme leader. i think his space of power is essentially the i.r.g.c., the revolutionary guards. >> rose: and they're more loyal to him than they are to ahmadinejad or anyone else? >> they are more loyal to themselves, i think, right now because... >> rose: they're the power center. >> they're the power center. they've become an economic juggernaut. >> rose: they own things. >> they own about half the country. literally about half of the economy. >> rose: so therefore, it is argued, that s
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